Tottenham boss Mourinho coy on Bale selection: Most important is happiness

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

Former Tottenham star Glenn Hoddle believes that Gareth Bale will excel in his second spell at Spurs due to his creativity, rather than the pace and power that was once the hallmark of his game.

"One of the first questions, in my first conversation with Gareth, was "what's your favourite position?' and he was very clear by saying 'on the right", Mourinho revealed to the press this week.

Mourinho's side will face an in-form West Ham side on Sunday as the Lilywhites look to win their first Premier League game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this term.

"When he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, he can be the decisive player people saw when he went to Real Madrid".

Spurs play their first match back after the worldwide break against West Ham on Sunday before taking on LASK on Thursday. Probably he plays Sunday, if he doesn't he will on Thursday [against LASK in the Europa League].

Mourinho's side have played some spectacular football, scoring five goals against Southampton, seven in the Europa League against Maccabi Haifa then half a dozen in a stunning 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford before the global break.

Above Gareth Bale is not a certain starter against West Ham today. Left Jose Mourinho with Harry Kane who will combine with Son Heung-min and Bale to form a deadly front trio
‘Different guy’ Bale in line to make Tottenham return, says Mourinho

"Gareth might not be that box-to-box player he was five or six years ago, when he was all about using his pace", Hoddle said on the Glenn Hoddle Footy Show podcast. "He wanted to play since the day he arrived, and it was not possible", Mourinho said.

"What I can tell you is that he is working every week, probably he is working the way he was not able to do for quite a long time".

"Bale could play his first game back for them against West Ham and you just know he is going to be desperate to turn it on".

"The last week, especially Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him and he is in pretty good condition". We haven't made a decision yet. He didn't have any pre-season and even in the period after lockdown he didn't participate in much with Real Madrid. "But at the same time they are anxious about themselves, 'am I going to play or not going to play?' This is the kind of feeling you have in the top teams and we are having that now". "It is very important he has a happy season with us and I think at this moment of his career that is very, very important".

"It is great to listen from Serge who shared the dressing room with him in Madrid that he looks a different guy", Mourinho said.

"So if he's happy with us then he goes home and he can share that happiness with family". All the decisions will be thinking first about the team but never forgetting what is the best for him. We care a lot about him.

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